Where are the dead?

Where are the dead, in heaven or hell

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: REST (Bradbury)
Published in 39 hymnals

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Where are the dead? In heaven or hell,
Their disembodied spirits dwell;
Their buried forms in bonds of clay,
Reserved until the judgment day.

Who were the dead? The sons of time
In every age, and state, and clime;
Renown'd, dishonour'd, or forgot,
The place that knew them, knows them not.

Where are the living? on the ground,
Where prayer is heard, and mercy found;
Where, in the period of a span,
The mortal makes the immortal man.

Who are the living? They whose breath
Draws every moment nigh to death;
Of bliss or woe the eternal heirs;
O what an awful choice is theirs!

Then timely warn'd, may we begin
To follow Christ, and flee from sin;
Daily grow up in Him our Head,
Lord of the living and the dead.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: Where are the dead, in heaven or hell
Title: Where are the dead?
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America, at their Session June 1831. 2nd ed. #164Page Scan
African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #613Page Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1161
Evangelical Hymns: for private, family, social, and public worship; selected from various authors (3rd ed. enl.) #425Page Scan
Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #616Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d559
Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #336Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #697Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d926
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #697TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #697Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #697Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #697Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #697Page Scan
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d1113
New Hymn and Tune book: an Offering of Praise for the Methodist Episcopal Church #169dPage Scan
New Hymn and Tune Book: an Offering of Praise for the Use of the African M. E. Zion Church of America #169dPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d938
Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d347
Sacred Poems and Hymns #226Text
Select Hymns #d504
Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #541Page Scan
Social and Camp-meeting Songs, for the Pious (9th ed. enl.) #187Page Scan
Templi Carmina #d280
The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book: adapted to the doctrines and usages of the church (6th ed.) #613Page Scan
The Chapel Hymn Book #d390
The Christian Melodist: a new collection of hymns for social religious worship #90Page Scan
The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d481
The Heart and Voice: or, Songs of Praise for the Sanctuary: hymn and tune book, designed for congregational singing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for congregations generally #61aPage Scan
The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #145Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns, with the Catechism, Confession of Faith, and Liturgy, of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America #A164Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H709Page Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D446Page Scan
The Sacred Lyre: a new collection of hymns and tunes, for social and family worship #145Page Scan
The Song Evangel #d239
Village Hymns #d643
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (2nd ed.) #592Page Scan
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #592Page Scan
Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original: designed as a supplement to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts (6th ed.) #592Page Scan



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